Friday, January 17, 2020

January 17, 2020

Alaska/Pacific Coast

Optimism Up on Demand and Prices for Snow Crab
Fishermen's New - January 15, 2020
In a year when Bering Sea crab are continuing to rebound – prompting the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) to boost the quota for a third straight year –strong demand in domestic markets is expected to command robust pricing.

BREAKING Board of Fish votes to limit Kodiak salmon fishermen in two areas
KMXT by Maggie Wall - January 15, 2020
This is a breaking story. KMXT will update with more information in future news stories.
KMXT’s Maggie Wall spoke with the chair of the Kodiak Salmon Workgroup, Duncan Fields, shortly after the Alaska Board of Fisheries voted to limit access to two traditional fisheries.

Record summer heat wiped out at least 100,000 fish in Bristol Bay, scientists say
KTOO by Isabelle Ross - January 16, 2020
The sun beat down relentlessly on Bristol Bay this summer, heating up the rivers and lakes where millions of sockeye salmon returned to spawn. July was the region’s hottest month on record, and in some rivers, that heat was lethal.

Bill seeks registration relief for licensed commercial fishing boats
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki - January 15, 2020
Among the bills already filed for the upcoming legislative session is one that would offer relief from a new state registration requirement for owners of commercial fishing boats.

Alaska Residents in Need Received Over 830,000 Servings of Seafood in 2019 Thanks to SeaShare
Urner Barry by Amanda Buckle - January 15, 2020
Roughly 1 in 7 Alaskans struggle with hunger, but SeaShare is working hard to make a difference. In 2019 the non-profit was able to send 838,852 servings of seafood to Alaska residents in need.

SeaShare recently highlighted their distribution efforts in Alaska with a map of locations where they directly distributed to food banks or community groups, as well as locations that received seafood from distribution partners. The non-profit was able to distribute directly to 11 food banks across the state, and reach 26 additional locations thanks to distribution partners.

You can find the map here.

According to Executive Director Jim Harmon, SeaShare spent over $200,000 in the last five years to establish distribution hubs across Alaska, an investment that he says will "provide a long-term network for shipping, storing and distributing frozen food donations."  This year alone they were able to install two new freezers in Alaska so that their partners in Juneau and Kodiak would be able to store more seafood for distribution.

Of course, hunger isn't just a problem in Alaska, it's an issue plaguing people across the U.S. According to Feeding America, 37 million Americans struggle with hunger. Fortunately, SeaShare is able to work closely with the organization to distribute their seafood, all thanks to Feeding America's network of over 200 food banks and 32,000 partner agencies across the country. SeaShare reports that in 2019 they were able to send a total of 4,586,546 servings of seafood to food banks, feeding centers and hunger relief partners in 16 states.

You can learn more about SeaShare and their efforts here. You can make a monetary donation here. Or you can support SeaShare when you shop on Amazon by visiting

Gov. Dunleavy: U.S., China trade deal appears to be a step in the right direction
KTUU by Hank Davis - January 16, 2020
ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Appearing on Wednesday at the Alaska Petroleum Club of Anchorage, Governor Mike Dunleavy fielded a wide range of questions before the upcoming legislative session begins next week. He prefaced it all with a topic that would be a focus during much of his address: The newly signed, U.S./China trade agreement.

Frozen Pacific cod exports - January 17, 2020
U.S. wild-caught Pacific cod is a smart seafood choice because it is sustainably managed and responsibly harvested under U.S. regulations.

Researchers tie massive Pacific seabird die-off to heat wave
APNews by Dan Joling - January 15, 2020
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Common murres look like skinny penguins but fly like F-15 fighter jets.
The North Pacific seabirds can quickly cover hundreds of miles searching for schools of small forage fish. Their powerful wings let them dive more than 150 feet (46 meters) under water to gorge on capelin, sand lance, herring, sardine and juvenile pollock.

Federal Register
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels Greater Than or Equal to 60 Feet Length Overall Using Pot Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/17/2020
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) using pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season apportionment of the 2020 Pacific cod total allowable catch allocated to catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3m) LOA using pot gear in the BSAI.


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